All That Murder: ”Chicago” Part 1

CW: Adult themes/descriptions of violence

Gangsters, speakeasies, jazz, bootleg liquor, and “girl-bandit” murders…

Chicago of the 1920s was the backdrop for the incredibly successful play Chicago, as well as the movies that followed.

But did you know that the violent slayings committed by the sexy residents of ‘Murderess’ Row,’ Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, were based on actual murders?

Listen to this intriguing Chicago Part 1 episode to hear the true crime behind two of the most well-known killings in film and stage history. If you thought the murders committed by Roxie and Velma were unbelievable, hold onto your fedora…

Show Notes Episode 44!

Newspaper article (top left) from; Beulah Annan (bottom left) with lawyer William Scott Stewart (left), her husband, Al (right), and two unidentified men from Chicagology; Cartoon Illustration (top right) from Chicagology; Belva Gaertner (middle left), the inspiration for Velma Kelly & Beulah Annan, the inspiration for Roxie Hart. Douglas Perry’s caption adds that Beulah is “unself-conscious at the Hyde Park police station despite wearing little more than a slip.” from; Stylish Belva with her legal team, including lawyer Thomas Nash from; Another image of Beulah from her night of arrest (bottom right)


Douglas Perry, author of The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

Library of Congress access to song Hula Lou
1924—Beulah Annan & Belva Gaertner — chicagology


Meme Ashley mentions during the episode

Pamela Anderson takes her first bow as Roxie Hart

Language warning! The scene Ashley mentions in the episode from the film MAVERICK (1994) “Everybody’s got a gun!!”

Book Ashley mentions during the episode
The famous “Hula Lou”

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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